Creeper are an English horror punk band from Southampton. Formed in 2014, the group currently features vocalist Will Gould, guitarists Ian Miles and Oliver Burdett (who replaced founding member Sina Nemati in 2015), bassist Sean Scott, drummer Dan Bratton and keyboardist Hannah Greenwood. Creeper released their self-titled debut extended play (EP) in 2014 through Palm Reader Records, which has been followed by The Callous Heart and The Stranger on Roadrunner Records in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Creeper were formed in Southampton in 2014 by vocalist Will Gould and guitarist Ian Miles, formerly of post-hardcore band Our Time Down Here, along with guitarist Sina Nemati (formerly of Hang the Bastard), bassist Sean Scott and drummer Dan Bratton, as well as touring keyboardist Hannah Greenwood. The quintet released their self-titled debut extended play (EP) on 8 December 2014 through Palm Reader Records, which was issued in a limited run of 300 copies on 12" vinyl. The band played their first headline show at the Joiners Arms on 1 August, followed by their first show in London at The Old Blue Last on 13 September and a stint supporting Welsh post-hardcore band Funeral for a Friend. In June 2015 the group signed with Roadrunner Records and played at Download Festival.
The band's second EP, The Callous Heart, was released on 18 September 2015 and promoted at a special launch show three days before at London's Old Blue Last. Later in the year, the group toured with Misfits and Moose Blood. In December 2015, it was announced that Nemati had left Creeper in order to "concentrate on his sound engineering career in London", while Greenwood's status was upgraded from touring to full-time member. At the same time the band announced that their third EP, entitled The Stranger, would be released on 19 February 2016 and supported by a headline tour with Scottish support band Grader, as well as dates supporting Neck Deep and WSTR. In May 2016, Creeper supported Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack on his Homecoming Tour, his first UK tour under his solo moniker Andy Black. Directly after this tour, they supported Funeral for a Friend at their final show on 21 May 2016 at the O2 Forum.
After Creeper performed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2016, the band's Twitter account began posting images of white noise, before their personal accounts were hidden or removed. A Southampton-based phone number used to promote The Stranger then featured a new voicemail message, which if listened to provided a link to a website detailing "the disappearance of James Scythe", which features references to the band's two EPs.
Creeper have been praised by numerous music critics and commentators. Tom Connick of DIY magazine described the band's self-titled EP as an example of "perfectly executed punk rock", comparing their sound to that of Alkaline Trio and AFI. In a later review of third EP The Stranger, Connick claimed that Creeper were quickly becoming "one of the country's most vibrant and vital new bands". Writing in September 2014 about the group's second show, Gavin Lloyd of TeamRock described them as "one of the UK's most exciting new bands", praising them for demonstrating "a refreshing change from the majority of bands in the current rock and punk scene peddling the same ideas".